Aġenzija Żgħażagħ was established in February 2011 to promote the interests of young people and to provide assistance to youth organisations and young people in achieving their potential.
The aim in establishing Aġenzija Żgħażagħ is to mainstream youth related issues and further develop youth services. It enables further investment in young people and helps them realise their potential. Aġenzija Żgħażagħ’s overall objective is to provide a coherent, cohesive and unified Government approach to addressing the needs and aspirations of young people and to realise the following benefits:
• For Young people:
More actions within existing policies for young people
Greater participation, empowerment and dialogue for young people
• For Policymaking and Policy makers:
Change in attitudes and work culture to include a youth perspective
Greater coherence in policymaking
Better data and information on youth issues
The Mission of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ is to:
Manage and implement the National Youth Policy to promote and safeguard the interests of young people which it pursues through the following policy measures.
Youth Activity Centres at Villa Psaigon and at Marsaxlokk.
The first Youth Cafes in Malta at Qawra, Msida, Cottonera and Kirkop.
The first Youth Hubs in Malta at St.Venera, MCAST, GCHSS and Junior College
The Youth Information One Stop Shop in Santa Venera
Awareness raising, listening to young people and promoting the role of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ at locally and at European level
An interactive web portal Youth Information Malta and online support services Kellimni.Com .
At European level, the agency engages on an on-going basis with the Youth Working Party, Youth Minister’s Councils, the European Commission, EU Presidencies, the Council of Europe, and other European bodies such as SALTO, ERYICA and EuroMed on youth related issues.
The agency manages and oversees the EU’s Structured Dialogue process with young people and the European Youth Card.
Programmes and initiatives for the active engagement and participation of young people
Training and support is provided for young people through projects that will enhance their skills and competencies and empower them as both responsible individuals and active citizens in their communities. Projects include, inter alia: empowerment, civic engagement, music, volunteering, contemporary arts, specialized study support and drama.
Research is essential within the youth field and that is why Aġenzija Żgħażagħ recognizes the importance of investing in this area. In fact, the Research Unit is one of the main pillars within which Aġenzija Żgħażagħ operates. This unit administers all research that the agency undertakes itself or commissions to other entities.
Aġenzija Żgħażagħ’s research targets and focuses on the main areas concerning young people, mainly education, employment, environment, rights and responsibility, health and well-being, justice etc. The outcome of such research is then utilized by the Empowerment Unit within the same agency to design the programmes that Aġenzija Żgħażagħ implements with young people.
Policy development and mainstreaming
In addition to developing and implementing youth policy, Aġenzija Żgħażagħ also participates on relevant committees and working groups with the aim of promoting and supporting a cross-sectoral approach to issues that impact on the lives of young people.